MINOT, N.D. - As part of National Police week at Minot Air Force Base, a memorial service was held to pay tribute to all of the military and local law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
There are currently 900,000 sworn in law enforcement officers in the United States. In 2018 alone, there were 229 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Military and local law enforcement came together to honor those who laid down their lives protecting us.
"The day to day not knowing if you're going to make it home at the end of the night. So recognizing them and the job that they do and the effort every single day to protect the citizens, protect the people on base to make sure we can sleep well at night,” said A1C Savina Cobb, 891 MSFS Security Forces.
"Those individuals are the ones that have given their lives for this nation, their states and their cities. So it is very important to honor their sacrifice,” said MSgt. Jerilyn Watson, Security Forces 891 flight chief.
Law enforcement asks those sworn in to be ready at a moment's notice.
"They really went above and beyond and I am sure, I really feel like they didn't give it a second thought because for us and this job in this career field it is just second nature to just do what we have to do in order to get the job or the mission complete,” said A1C Savina.
Days like this don't bring them back, but ensures they are never forgotten.
"We can never repay our debt to these officers that have laid down their lives, or their families, but we must do all we can with all that we have. To live our lives in a way that pays tribute to their memory,” says Col. Chad Gallagher, 91st Security Forces group commander.
A powerful ceremony that had many reflecting back on history.
"A day for us to remember, but it is also a day of pride for me. A day where we can look back and remember with pride those that have gone before us. Those that have given that ultimate sacrifice. Those that are serving today that are out there on the line every single day and those who will potentially give their lives in the future,” said Col. Bradley Cochran, 5th Bomb Wing commander.
Honoring and remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
At the ceremony names of security forces members, Minot Police officers, and Ward Country Sheriffs who have fallen in the line of duty were read off and honored.